CA Electric-Car Incentive Update: Funds Run Out, Green Stickers Gone

CA Electric-Car Incentive Update: Funds Run Out, Green Stickers Gone

Access to carpool lanes on California's legendarily crowded freeways is a big perk. So is getting a check in the mail that cuts the purchase cost. These incentives were successful in spurring sales of hybrids years ago, and they've helped sales of modern battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars... read more

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2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Why California Set Range Requirements, Engine Limits

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car, which we drove last week, is generating intense interest among both plug-in proponents and BMW fans. Among other things, it's the first car in... read more October 23, 2013 by 

2013 Ford Focus Electric

Do Nissan, Tesla Sales Mean Other Makers Don't Need Electric Cars?

You can break down car companies into three groups, depending on their electric-car activities. The leaders are Nissan, General Motors, BMW, and upstart Tesla, all of whom... read more September 3, 2013 by 

Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Why Tesla Launched Battery Swapping; Is It Now In Danger?

Tesla Motors has surprised a lot of skeptics in its decade of existence. But last month's announcement of battery swapping for Model S cars traveling long distances deserves... read more July 16, 2013 by  27

Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24

Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Proving More Successful Than Expected

A report analyzing the uptake of low-carbon fuels says that fossil-fuel alternatives are actually growing faster than expected. The report, produced by a coalition of... read more June 13, 2013 by  7

Mary Nichols, chief, California Air Resources Board

CA Air Board Head To Carmakers On ZEV Rules: Back Off, Boys

California is the largest single market for new vehicles in the United States: more than 1.5 million vehicles are sold each year. So when state officials speak, the auto... read more April 18, 2013 by  8

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

CA Will Stay The Course On Electric-Car Sales Requirements

Unless you follow green cars fairly closely--or perhaps live in California--you may not know that the Golden State now requires the sale of certain number of battery electric... read more January 31, 2013 by  11

2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

There are two kinds of electric cars on sale in the U.S. these days. The first kind--the ones you should pay attention to--are the volume electric cars. Their makers want to... read more November 6, 2012 by  26

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi Join California HOV Lane

Californians wanting to gain single-occupancy access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes now have twice as many eligible cars to choose from when buying... read more October 24, 2012 by  7


CARB Renews Electric Vehicle Fund With $27 Million

California has long been known for its efforts to reduce pollution from vehicles, and efforts to popularize hybrids and electric cars. The California Air Resources Board has... read more July 3, 2012 by  2

Tesla Roadster final assembly, Menlo Park, California, April 2009

How To Make Money On Electric Cars: Sell Green Credits (To Other Carmakers)

Most brand-new auto technologies are, at best, a breakeven proposition in their early years. Toyota is thought to have lost money on every Prius hybrid it sold for several... read more June 4, 2012 by  6

2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra

Chrysler Admits: Electric Fiat 500 Is Compliance Car We Don't Want To Make

Three weeks ago, we listed five upcoming electric cars that we felt were strictly "compliance cars"--or vehicles carmakers offer not because they want to, but because they... read more May 30, 2012 by  32

Chevrolet Spark EV Development Testing in Southern California, March 2012

Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only 'Compliance Cars'--We Name Names

Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. But whether you're a fan or a foe, understand this: A few of the... read more May 3, 2012 by  91

Honda Diesel/Electric Hybrid Transport Truck

California-Only Diesel Fuel To Cost More, Damage Economy?

How do you solve a problem like diesel? On the one hand, diesel cars are highly fuel-efficient on longer runs, and produce good power and torque figures in their modern-day... read more May 1, 2012 by  4

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In To Join Chevy Volt In CA HOV Lanes

California's high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which emptied out last July as 85,000 hybrids lost their access, are about to start admitting more cars. This week, Chevy dealers... read more February 28, 2012 by  3


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